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Warren Buffett offers 7 key investing -- and life -- tips

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Washington Post Warren Buffett offers 7 key investing -- and life -- tips CBS News B) chairman issued his eagerly anticipated annual shareholder letter on Saturday, in which he writes about his company's performance and provides his usual folksy...
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Charlie Munger: Lessons From an Investing Giant - Wall Street Journal (blog)

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Icahn's Twitter release to be followed by billions more

Icahn's Twitter release to be followed by billions more | Stock Market Trading Floor | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO — Billionaire financier Carl Icahn's use of Twitter to disclose his position in Apple is going to be used as a blueprint by companies, investors and Wall Street firms for the rest of this decade, if not longer.

Here's why: Apart from the fact that it boosted Apple's market value by about $20 billion — making it one of the most-profitable tweets yet — the Icahn approach to Twitter toed the line on U.S. securities laws.

He first filed a document with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday via his investment vehicle, Icahn Enterprises, which is listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker "IEP."

In the filing, Icahn stated that he might use Twitter to release information that could be considered "material."

He also released the same information on his website the same day, a day before he tweeted his position in Apple and made one thing clear: Twitter has become not only a nascent news medium, but the Internet version of a new financial news wire.

The business of providing to Wall Street traders and big investment houses information which can move a stock is today worth billions of dollars in annual revenue.

It's been dominated for the last decade by Bloomberg, the Reuters news unit of Thomson and Dow Jones Newswires.

That means if Twitter is planning an IPO soon — and USA TODAY has found that two of the job positions the company has listed for hire indicate that Twitter is preparing a filing — its revenue stream might be more diverse than just selling ads.
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John Shinal is a technology columnist covering high-tech stocks.(Photo: USA TODAY)

If Twitter becomes a de facto news wire — with any investor or company able to use it to distribute material information — it will have the capacity to take future revenue away from those three huge news operations.

Twitter may one day do to business and technology news writing a bit of what Google has done already to the business side of general news — suck about $50 billion a year away from its revenue stream.

After Icahn's tweet became the biggest market-moving story of the day on Tuesday, there's no going back.

Regular readers of this column will remember, however, that Icahn isn't the first high-profile user in the business or tech world to use Twitter to release information that raised the price of a stock he already owned, and significantly.

Back in April, we wondered whether the use of Twitter by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk to flag material company news revealed that the SEC had fallen behind the technology curve in ensuring the same level of transparency for all investors in publicly listed companies.

Not that this columnist thinks the markets are fully transparent today. Those with access to earlier information still have a clear advantage on retail investors.

That same week, the SEC did indeed issue such rules, which state that a company must first, before disclosing any material information in a tweet, make an SEC filing and put out a news release stating its intention to use Twitter for that purpose.

That's what Icahn did, which means he played by the rules and set a standard by which future stock promoters on Twitter will be judged.

And he just happened to tweet his tweet on the same day that Apple's share price rose above the line that tracks its 200-day moving average on a stock chart.

That hadn't happened in about two years.

That means any income investor who's not in Apple right now may want to let someone else manage their money. (See our July 28 column on why growth investors should not be in Apple right now.)

With Icahn buying shares, there's a floor under the price. If he gets a stake large enough to lean on Apple CEO Tim Cook and the rest of the company's board to divest more of its $140 billion worth of cash and securities, the dividends will be fat and growing for some time.

The 6%, two-day rise in Apple shares that Icahn helped via Twitter (along with, arguably, the breaching of the 200-day line) showed that he may already have that leverage.

John Shinal has covered tech and financial markets for 15 years at Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, the San Francisco Chronicle, Dow Jones MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal Digital Network and others.

 


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Should You Quit Your Job To Trade Stocks? - Forbes

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Trading is often viewed as a high barrier-to-entry field, but this is simply not the case in today's market.
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10 Investing Concepts to Ignore and 10 to Follow

10 Investing Concepts to Ignore and 10 to Follow | Stock Market Trading Floor | Scoop.it
New investors have a lot of advice to sift through — and it's not all good. Learn what to ignore and what to pay attention to.
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The Power of Patient Investing - Huffington Post

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Have you ever been tempted to "play the stock market" by following a hot tip, only to watch your shares plummet? Do you want to invest, but feel overwhelmed by all of your choices?
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How to profit from Twitter trading - Fortune (blog)

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The firm makes trades based on both general market sentiment and important one-off events, with the goal of returning at least 12% per year to investors.
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There is no such thing as emotionless investing | Abnormal Returns

There is no such thing as emotionless investing | Abnormal Returns | Stock Market Trading Floor | Scoop.it
Share on StockTwits The idea that successful traders overcome or eliminate their emotions is completely off-base. If that were to truly happen, the trader would [...]
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A Simple Way to Dramatically Improve Your Investment Results

A Simple Way to Dramatically Improve Your Investment Results | Stock Market Trading Floor | Scoop.it

Are you happy with your long-term investment results?

 

Are you worried about another prolonged market decline, economic downturn, or worse?

 

Have you given up on the financial markets all together?

 

Do you own Gold and Silver as a hedge against inflation?

 

What are you doing to protect that portion of your life savings, which remains invested in the markets via retirement and brokerage accounts?

 

Many folks out there have given up, resigning themselves to take whatever the market dishes out and considering themselves lucky to simply have an investment portfolio to begin with.

 

With all the market rigging, corruption, political scandals, and economic uncertainty in the world, I can't really blame them, but there is a solution.


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What I Look for When I'm Investing

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As an investor, I’m always looking for people that will make a difference. At the moment I am investing predominantly in Recruitment.
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The Three Dimensions of Trading | The Reformed Broker

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The first year I worked at a hedge fund, I spent an hour late every Wednesday afternoon with the firm's psychiatrist. It wasn't just me. My trading partner was there. It was sort of like couples therapy with a little “Scared Straight” ...
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There's A Sect Of Successful Traders Who Couldn't Care Less What Bernanke ... - Business Insider

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Naturally, when markets go up or down, people look for cause and effect. We went up because of X, or we went down because of Y.
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Are You a Quant Star? - Barron's

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Quantopian (quantopian.com) is an online hangout for quants and others whose trading leans toward the programmatic.
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Investment Philosophy, Rule No. 2: Leadership You Can Trust - Motley Fool

Investment Philosophy, Rule No. 2: Leadership You Can Trust Motley Fool Motley Fool analyst Jason Moser chats with Rick Engdahl in a side-of-desk interview about developing a personal investment philosophy and shares his own four-point system for...
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Bid data is the next frontier for economics and financial markets ...

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This kind of stuff has been done for years for trading and is a big target for academics as well, because of the money involved. I am sure there are a lot of automated high speed algorithms currently hooked up to twitter and the ...
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QUANTS: Meet The maths Geniuses Running Wall Street - Business Insider Australia

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Business Insider Australia QUANTS: Meet The maths Geniuses Running Wall Street Business Insider Australia trader wall street floor NYSE A trader throws a ball in the air as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as it closes for the...

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Why Generation Y fears the stock market

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For Millennials, financial security is a fragile hope amid high educational debts, stagnant upward mobility and poor employment prospects.

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Five ways of investing in yourself

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Your future is your best investment and if you are not taking the basic steps in managing the quality of your life, you may be missing the mark.

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The History Of Stock Market Corrections

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With the S&P up a whopping 144%, the three "corrections" we've seen during this cycle haven't been able to quell the bull market (Money Game: The History Of Stock Market Corrections http://t.co/0FTBGeMGLm)...
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People Aren't Nearly as Knowledgeable About Investing as They Think They Are.

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People aren't nearly as knowledgeable about investing as they think they are.

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Dave Kamm: When investing, gold standard is a good rule to keep in mind - The News-Press

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Sometimes we get lucky. I've had a boatload of lucky times. They were fleeting, but nuggets of wisdom and information were there.
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What to consider when assessing alternative investments | Investing ...

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While alternative asset classes and investment strategies dramatically vary in their attributes during different economic scenarios, the elements that must be assessed when considering adding these investments to a portfolio ...
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Strategist Gayed to Moneynews: High-Frequency Trading 'More Dangerous Than People Realize'

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Last week's news that Reuters sells early access to monthly consumer-confidence data to customers who use the statistics in high-frequency trading points to the danger of that trading, said Michael Gayed, chief investment strategist for Pension Partners.


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HFT labelled as dangerous - do you really think that this is the case? There are several reports citing that the dangers of HFT is over stated, what is really the truth? 

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There's no Holy Grail in investing - MarketWatch

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Mick Weinstein is the head of editorial at Covestor Ltd., a registered investment adviser that enables clients to replicate the trades of experienced portfolio managers.
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